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The Best NFL Coaches of All Time  

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List Rules Only NFL coaches. College football coaches don't count unless they've coached in the NFL

The best NFL coaches of all time are hands down the best men ever to lead their respective National Football League teams into battle. There are reasons why these men have teams, stadiums, video game franchises and that little thing given away annually to the Super Bowl champion named after them. These are the best NFL coaches to have ever lived, period.

Regardless of which NFL team you root for, there is little doubt that the vast majority of football fans would agree that Vince Lombardi is the greatest football coach in the history of mankind. As a forefather to the NFL, Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s, leading them to five championships in a seven-year span including wins in the first two Super Bowls ever. His inspirational words are still widely used today as is his name which graces the title of the Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the annual champion of the National Football League.

But there are many more legendary NFL coaches of past and present that also deserve a place on this list for their brilliance, inspiration and undeniable success on the field. Coaches like Tom Landry, Don Shula, George Halas, Paul Brown and Chuck Noll were the leaders in the league a few decades ago while the best current NFL coaches like Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin and Mike Shanahan continue to improve upon their already legendary status in NFL history.

How do you define which NFL coach is the best of all time? Is it from their championships and wins or do you look at their entire career to compare one body of work to another? However you do it, vote, add to or re-rank this list of the best NFL coaches of all time.
list ordered by
1
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
2
Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 57 (1913-1970)
3
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)
4
Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Chuck Noll Dec. at 82 (1932-2014)
5
Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1924-2000)
6
Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 89
7
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
carlybobarly added age 83
8
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1908-1991)
9
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 79
10
George Halas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)
11
Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Bill Parcells age 78
12
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 76
13
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 92
14
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Marv Levy age 94
15
Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 62
16
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 64
17
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Hank Stram Dec. at 82 (1923-2005)
18
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 80
19
Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 73
20
Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dick Vermeil age 83
21
Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1898-1965)
22
Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 71
23
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 61
24
Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
25
Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)